24 July 2021

Leopard Girl

 Hi Everyone just a quick post. As I loved this image and as she is a freebie I thought you may want to have a peek at her yourselves. I'll be making something from her soon, getting my head in gear atm. Lots going on here.


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Hope to be back to normal in at least a couple of days.

Hope all OK with you all

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21 July 2021

Table Napkin card

 Hi Everyone an old technique today, but still interesting and great to do.

This is the first card I showed the class. I had bought some table napkins as I loved them. I showed them how to strip them to the one layer and glue the layer to a card, layer it again onto a background card and add a sentiment. They didn't make it, it was just something to let them know they could achieve something easy. They were interested thankfully.

You all know how to do it, so I will just let you know how I did it - pull apart the three layers of the napkin gently, glue the top layer to a piece of card, then layer onto the background layer card and attach it to the main card, add a sentiment - card done. 

It's something I think they can do, so I will try them with it at a later stage, maybe with Christmas table napkins? 

table napkin - Tesco 
black card - stash
sentiment - Cut & Make, The Range
gems - stash

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19 July 2021

Floral Music

Hi Everyone, I hope you UK ladies are not melting in the heat, nothing compared to some other countries, but sooo hot for us. This afternoon it is 30C 86F. I've escaped to my North facing craft room and although still hot, it's not as bad as outside.

Anyhow, the stamping I did today was actually done months ago, but it has been screaming at me to use it for a long while, today I plucked up the courage and found paper that actually matched the colours I used. I also found a sketch I could use, as the paper was die cut to the inch of it's life, now just more tiny pieces left. A few sequins to finish off.

A simple quick card today, just the stamping 3D'd, the bottom paper layers added to the card and a die cut sentiment. One of the 24pence dies I got in a sale recently.

stamped image - Chocolate Baroque
paper - Craft Sensations
die - Cut & Make, The Range
sequins - stash
the sketch, not colours of course - #390 CAS Colours & Sketches

Hope you're all keeping cool and sane!

Chocolate Baroque Beautiful Blooms

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17 July 2021



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Hi Everyone, I thought I would show you another card I did for the craft club ladies. I bought the Pineapple die for 24 pence in a sale. A great little die and that's how the card started. I cut it out of white card and coloured with marker pens, then cut the shapes in orange and green to back it. I glued the bottom half onto orange card and the top onto green and cut it around the pineapple. Some clear sparkle and it was just about done.

I had a cut file of specs, so cut 6 of them with the Silhouette and glazed the lens part. 

I used some pineapple paper from my files and cut it into 6, then cut 6 out of orange card to layer the paper. I made a banner shape and added the sentiment in Photoshop, I took the shape and sentiment to my Silhouette and cut 6 out, then cut 6 shadow layers. 

The ladies will glue and put all the paper layers together and die cut and colour the pineapple and add the sunglasses if they want. I hope this is a good way for them. We'll see, I'll let you know how it went.

Pineapple die - Dovecraft
sentiment - Create with TLC Creations
orange card - B&M

I also designed a card in Photoshop, printed it and the ladies can cut it out and decoupage.
 I kept it quite simple for them. This is it.

paper and cupcakes - Watercolor Clipart Dessert Cake 

this is the full layout, you are more than welcome to use it for yourself. 
If you do use it I would love to see what you did.
it's sized to an A4 and will make a 6 x 6 card, 
just copy and add to a landscape A4 size in any program you have.
 I hope it works for you.

There is a fabulous Christmas sale on for July, 
with lots of freebies and half price sale, follow this link to find out more

You can buy this subscription with a special offer on this page:
Instead of paying $29 per month, you will get the subscription plan 
for $1 for the first month and $19 for any renewals. 

EDIT - The class was Wednesday, I was watching the weather forecast in the night and I said to Hubby, they haven't shown Wednesday's weather, rewind to see it. He said it's Wednesday today! I had missed the class! I rang the lady and she said, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who does that. I felt so very bad. However she said only 3 were there and one of them is a digital card maker, print and fussy cut and add layers. So they were Ok.

Well I have lots for next week and the week after now.
Keep sane everyone, seems like I'm losing it!

15 July 2021

Hello over the fence!

  Hi Everyone before I start on my DT card, I have to thank you lovely ladies for the help and advice about my tutorials you have freely given, I appreciate it so much. It was too late to change my plans, so will let you know what happened in another post.

I am here with my DT card for today, it's for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

This happy dog is saying hello and I thought he deserved to be surrounded by flowers. I have to admit to casing a card when I saw the sketch challenge at MFT and a card by Melania Deasy. I'm not good at "splattering" and had a dp that I used instead, works a treat methinksπŸ˜€

I coloured the background paper strip in Mustard Seed Oxide and layered it onto blue card. The image was first print and cut on my Silhouette, I know can't leave it alone at the moment. πŸ˜„ Then painted with DI's and his nose and eyes were glazed, a flower die was added with gold drops on them, these were then placed onto the background. I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed, I cut the grass out of white card and used Oxides to colour it, added it to the last piece. All were  placed onto the dp and blue card then added to the ready scored card. It's a shame you can't see his shiny nose and eyes and the embossing. 

The photo is a little dark, as I didn't use my light box and too late to change it! Silly me. 
sketch - MFT 547
image - Hello QKR Stampede
inks - Distress Inks / Oxide
hello stamp - magazine freebie
flower dies - Tattered Lace
grass shape - Alaa'K Silhouette Store
dp - Fanette Designs
glaze - Nuvo
gold drops - Nuvo Crystal Drops

13 July 2021

Tea Cup card and classes. Help please?

 Hi Everyone, the saga of my makes last and this week continue.  I have been persuaded to help out in a new craft club for mentally challenged people, with a view to opening to others. I had shown them one card which was well received.

 The trouble is I have never taught crafting and don't consider myself knowledgeable enough to teach it, however, I felt better when I showed them a punch from the stash that had been donated and they didn't know what it was or how it worked and were astonished, yep! that's the correct word, to see how it worked. 

Anyhow, I decided although we haven't got 10 people yet, I looked for an easy card, but different and yes! I went into the Silhouette again. I'm getting boring aren't I? but this file was so simple and looked quite difficult that I went for it, but after nearly 2 days of cutting (not continuous), I began to think I had chosen the wrong card! So many pieces!

Here it is, all 10 copies were done, bagged and even with ribbon that I measured so all were the same. I believe this is the way classes are prepared, OK! maybe not this way, but I thought I would try it. I've only been to one Zoom class where pieces were prepared for us, so got the idea from that. Otherwise I am winging it!

Both cards
card design - SVG Cuts Tea Cup Box Card
floral paper - Craft Sensations
ribbon stash
sentiment and back cup piece was printed and cut
tag was stamped with a magazine freebie

These are the pieces for one card.

This is the card I made as an example for them to see what they could achieve.
I promise you, it really is VERY easy.

cup and envelope, 
sorry it's blurred, but I wanted to show the envelope pattern in the stripes.

a better photo of cup and envelope

this is the sentiment, it's written with a pen in the Silhouette program, 
not printed as above, in the pieces photo.

this is the tea cup card flat for postage, just fold and into the envelope.

EDIT - When I went to the class only 3 people were there and I didn't think, maybe selfish of me, that after all the work I put it in, it was worth doing it for 3 people, so I showed them something else and will wait for the class to grow, the organiser tells me she is going to start doing word of mouth to different classes and clubs who use the hall. So maybe it's won't be too long before these are used after all.

Now all I have to do is plan what to do each week, I need to teach them different things, but have to sort through all the donation stuff first, I have to design at home until then. Help and ideas would be appreciated from you clever ladies, even best size of classes maybe?

11 July 2021

80th birthday

 Hi Everyone, some more of why I have been so busy. Our very long time friend had his birthday last week and I made the Thermometer card  for him. We don't buy presents for each other, but this calls for a celebration methinks, so we bought some Champagne for him to celebrate. I couldn't give it to him as it was and in the morning of us going to his Tea Party, I realised I hadn't got any bottle bags. Off to Silhouette again, (told you in my last post I had been busy with it).

I cut the bottle top with gold card, then added the bottle image with his name and age and greeting. I then printed it out and cut it with the Silhouette. Attached to the gold bottle topper.

bottle tag design - My Scrap Chick
bottle image - Jiovanna's Creations - Digital Scrapbooking Pixelscrapper
gold glitter - Tonic

gold glitter added to the bottle tag image

bottle cover 
I made the bottle cover on my scoreboard by following the instructions HERE.
 I lengthened and made the width larger of the design to fit the bottle. I also added 2 die cut circles to the bottom one outside and one inside, to help with the weight of the bottle.
bottle cover design - Kirstens Blog
card - Craft Sensations
ribbon stash

The Paper Shelter Going Digital
bottle is a digital image

09 July 2021

25th Anniversary and Champagne

 Hi Everyone, an apology due from me for being awol visiting you all. I have been very busy and had a visitor, making time non existent for me. I won't be able to catch up, but I will have a looky to see what I've missed. So sorry.

Anyhow on to what I have been doing in my "spare" time. We had a visit from my niece she saw the bottle tag I made (I'll show you in my next post)  and asked if I could make 10 for a party she was throwing for her friend and husband. Then it was "I wonder if you could do table place names", then "OH! could you do a few tags for parting gifts!"  "Do you have time to make me a card?" Of course I said yes and happy to do it for her. 

The card to start with, I had a paper pad with silver and white paper, after being die cut, it was placed onto white and silver card which had also been die cut. I die cut a 2 corner pieces and die cut them again with a doily design shape. More die cutting with hearts and champagne glass shapes. I had placed the photo into Silhouette and cut around it with another heart that was used as a base. 

patterned paper - Craft Sensations
square dies - Sue Wilson Noble dies
doily kind of shape - Creative Expressions
patterned heart shape die - magazine freebie
champagne die - Creative Dies magazine freebie
ribbon - stash

Then it was out with the Silhouette and off to go, it has been used so often this last week. 

the tag
simple cutting and drawing on the Silhouette,
with a strip of of double sided tape and silver glitter
glitter - Tonic

place name card design - by Bird
 I added the 25 into the top design, then covered it with a 25 and hearts in silver card, I also added silver pen to the initial of each card.

bottle tag
I took a champagne bottle image and placed it in Silhouette to print and cut. Before cutting, I added a photo of the couple and their names and anniversary. It was then cut and attached to the bottle tag.
bottle tag design - My Scrap Chick
bottle image - Jiovanna's Creations - Digital Scrapbooking Pixelscrapper
silver glitter - Tonic

the way the bottle image sits on the bottle.
 It sits better on a champagne bottle it's made for, but I didn't have any champagne handy to demonstrate! πŸ˜‰

07 July 2021

TMR Christmas in July

 Hi Everyone, my card today is for

I decided to do something a little different today and do some cutting, my thinking for Christmas in July? well July is Summer (except in the Southern Hemisphere) and a little drink wouldn't go amiss on the beach would it? I thought the penguin would be happy in most environments, some live near beaches! 

Anyhow off to my digital cutting machine and cut out the images to colour. I did 2 of each, in case I made a mess of the colouring, but wanted the card layered to make it a little thicker. Yes! I could have used coloured card, which I thought would be my go to, in case I failed with the colouring.

these are the layers ready to be coloured

I forgot to photograph the colouring process πŸ˜•
I coloured all pieces, the pattern says glitter card for the white body, scarf and wine in the glass, but I decided to heat emboss with sparkly embossing powder. All the pieces were were then glued with wet glue, so there was wiggle room. Googly eyes were added and 2 ribbon bows tied together with gold elastic which also held the "glass" tag.

Penguin Wine Wrapper - Dreaming Tree
white card - stash
inks - Distress Oxide and Ink
sparkle embossing powder - WOW clear sparkle
gem / ribbon - stash

I hope to see your Christmas in July at The Male Room Challenge, don't forget to add the challenge badge, it's a requirement if you want to win.

03 July 2021

Lemon girl

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Hi Everyone, A mixed media ish? card today with a few processes. I started off, designing it in Photoshop, I chose the sketch but didn't have paper to match for the rectangles, so I made some in PS, using the items, that I eventually placed on top of the matching paper. Then as I wanted to cut the items out, I added them to my digital cutting machine, so much easier than fussy cutting, for me anyway. I added glaze to the elements, I thought it made them look like stickers. 

I found a lemon in my cutting files, so used that as the background to the beautiful image. I had my subscription magazine recently and I used the stamps that were with that, heat embossing them and colouring them. Adding drops to finish. Sounds so simple doesn't it? It took me a fair few hours though.

image and elements - Lemon Girl Planner Creative Fabrica
inks - Distress Oxide & Ink
stamps - Magazine freebies SCPC #218
lemon cutting file - Lettering Delights
lemon card - Crafters Companion
white drops - Nuvo Crystal Drops

01 July 2021


   Hi Everyone here I am with my DT card for today, it's for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

I love this snake, if you can love a snake? It's just so funny. Anyhow, I added the snake and sentiment to the digital cutting machine. I print and cut 4 layers of the snake and then coloured it with inks, I decided to add glaze to give her a shine.

The printed sentiment I cut with a die and edged it with inks. I was in a quandary as to what background to do, then decided to ink a shaped background with a stencil, I added more stencils to add grass and clouds. Glitter glue added to her bra and a balloon die, after all that I decided I like it! πŸ˜€
inks - Distress Inks
stencils - shape, my own cut
grass/clouds - Funky Fossil
sentiment - my own
balloon die - Cut & Make
sentiment die - Tonic


  I have 2 DT cards today this is the first.

Anything Goes but

they MUST feature a critter

Whether Furry, Feathered, Fantasy, Fairytale, Scaly, or Insect, there must be a critter featured...
e are sponsored this month by 

We are sponsored this month by Jan's Digi Stamps and they generously
provided images to our DT use on their inspiration projects.  

A Christmas card today for a change. I started with my image of course and then a colour mix to get me in the mood. I chose this, bright and cheery?

I chose a digital paper for the background which had an ice border, I dabbed some glue around the "ice" and added silver glitter. I took the digital image into my Cameo and print and cut the image and sentiment, I had added an overlay of snowflakes to both backgrounds.

After printing and cutting out the image, I coloured it in water colour pencils, for a change, then some glaze was added to the lights to give them a shine, I also added some wobbly eyes to add to the fun of the image. All were added to the background which had been layered onto silver mirror card. A few die cut snowflakes and my card was done. 
background paper - Jan Jejja Digital Scrapbooking at Pixelscrapper
glitter - Tonic
water colour pencils - Nuvo
glaze - Crystal Glaze Nuvo
wobbly eyes - stash
mirror card - The Range
dies - asstd makes

28 June 2021


 Hi Everyone, my card today is for a friend of ours who's 80th birthday is next week. I was looking for ideas on the web and saw this quote and straight away I knew what I wanted to do. Off to Photoshop to design it and then off to my digital cutting machine to cut it out. I added a wood overlay to a shape I made and printed both the temperature gauge, a freebie image off the web and the shape, which was cut with 3 layers to add a little strength, I did the same with the sun.

When printed, I added glaze to the red bar and added acetate to the back of the "wood" shape, I added 3D dimensionals to the shape and place it onto the gauge. It's not quite straight, but I don't think he will notice, I hope not! The cut sun was layered and I added the layers slightly offset to add more rays. It was then painted with clear sparkle pen and glaze added to the specs.  I also added a little DI to the sun's cheeks as the sparkle pen had diluted the colour. The sun is actually all yellow, but the photo has got it a little blue, maybe shadow off the lights?

sun - Imagine that by Chris
dp - Akizo
wood dp - Marissa Lerin
acetate - Stix 2
red card - stash
glaze - Nuvo
sparkle pen - Spectrum Noir

insert sentiment - hubby's idea - I couldn't believe it!
wishing you - Create with TLC

26 June 2021

Sewing PopUp

 Hi Everyone, after a busy week I have time to do a post. This was for my youngest SiL, who is a marvellous sewer, so much so, she has been to Paris, yes in France! to have a lesson on a couture jacket and how it's made. Anyhow, because it was her birthday, I decided to do something different for her. It's a cut file that I put together with papers from my stash. I was lucky to find a piece of the sewing paper and just enough of it to make this box, I may even have enough (just) to make it for hubby's Sister, also a sewer, who's birthday is in November. After cutting it all out on my digital cutting machine, I drew the lines on the leaves and added gems to the flowers. It was fiddly, but the effect when finished is quite impressive, (I hope you think so too?) It folds flat for postage. I'm glad to say she was thrilled with it.

cut file - My Scrap Chick, Sewing PopUp
check & sewing paper - Craft Sensations
plain cards - Lidl
gold mirror card - The Range

I thought it was more like a gift than a card, so I made a quick digital card for her also.

image - Create & Craft TV download

I added a piece of gold thread to add a little interest.

Well that's all from me at the moment, we still have our family problems, but who hasn't at this time. Everyone I talk to has some sort of problem. I hope you're not one of them. Take care.

20 June 2021

Unexpected stamping

 Hi Everyone, as you know I have been without mojo for a while and thought it had gone for good, then a blog friend said she would send me Mr Mojo and she did! It ended up with this card, thanks Aimeslee.

I know it's father's Day, but my card has already been posted for that here.

I had a piece of card in my bits box, most of which I threw out last week as I never look in it, so why keep it ay? Anyhow I still keep adding and this piece was cut for some reason and I thought I would play and see what happens. 

This card happened, you can't see I stamped on the reverse before this! I got some inks out, grabbed them blind, as I did the other week and thought whatever colours come out will have to work or it's in the bin, what chance brought out these bright colours was certainly worth it. I also grabbed the stamps and hoped they would work, after adding the centre frame heat embossing in white, I decided to add more grasses and the sentiment and used black ink.

I looked for backing paper and found an old Japanese themed paper pad, which worked beautifully (I think). Looking for a square frame die I had forgotten about this corner die, so I added that with 3 layers and heat embossed it also, for a nice shine. Mr Mojo was certainly in the room and guiding my hands. I hope he stays a while. I missed him.

stamps - Oriental Grasses, Chocolate Baroque
sentiment stamp - magazine freebie
dies square - Sue Wilson Noble dies
corner die - Card Making Magic 6x6 collection
inks - Distress Oxide, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin
black ink - Stazon
white embossing powder - Papermania Seafoam White
black paper - stash
Japanese theme paper - Kaisercraft

17 June 2021

Bird on a wire!

 Hi Everyone, with mojo still in abeyance, I was lucky to see that my blog friend Shirley had done another wonderful design for me to play with. I had no thinking, in fact, that was a sad fact, because I cut the card 1mm short of the edge of the card I used, which meant that the beautiful small scallops were cut off one edge. I had to cut the other edges straight, as I didn't have time to cut another card. Such a shame, but I will use the card file another time and include the small scallops. 

A simple stamping in the centre which I heat embossed, then die cut the birds and added them to the 3D'd centre. I added black card to the inside of the cut pattern.

card is a freebie from HERE
birds - Dovecraft dies
sentiment stamp - magazine freebie

15 June 2021

Corner Mushrooms

  Hi Everyone here I am with my DT card for today, it's for the challenge at QKR. Our challenge is on the 1st and 15th of every month, so you have 2 chances every month to enter the challenge.

We will select two winners each of the weeks 
1 using QKR Stampede  or Eureka Stamps image
 and 1 using any image!

Anything Goes every 1st & 15th of the month

I'm in the doldrums with mojo, I really don't know where it's gone, but it was made easier with a wonderful image from QKR that I chose to play with, then a visit to Pinterest, I found a die cut corner, simple card and decided to case it. 

The image was coloured with DI's, I added clear sparkle pen. I cut out the card with a pin dot die, the overlay patterned card was also cut with a pin dot die and the corner cut with a circle die. This was 3D'd. 

I added a chiffon ribbon and a bow tied with red glitter thread, added some tiny die cut butterflies from the patterned card and added a gem to each. I then stamped the sentiment and cut out with a sentiment die.
image - QKR Stampede Mushroom 
patterned card - Hunkydory
inks - Distress Inks
sentiment - magazine freebie
ribbon - stash
dies - 
square - Sue Wilson Noble, 
circle and butterflies -Tattered Lace 
sentiment die - Julie Hickey,  
gems - stash

13 June 2021

Thumbs up

Hi Everyone, a card due to the photography I shouldn't really show you, but here goes, at least you will have an idea of how it sort of looked!

I had forgotten to make a Congratulations card for hubby's Nephew, who did very well in his exams and starts a 5 year University course after which he gets a Masters, so a sort of rushed card, designed and then printed from Photoshop, I had the idea in mind and was going to hand paint it, but with time of the essence, I did it digitally. I was pleased and also pleased when it was print and cut with a few layers on the digital cutting machine.

I put it all together and took a quick photo, before putting it into an envelope and delivering it. However I should have checked the photo before I gave it to him, as it has lost a lot of the colour. the second photo are the original colours, I expect I had the lights to bright in the light box. grrr. No amount of alteration in Photoshop could get it correct, must learn more methinks! You get the  gist I hope. I also wish you could see the layers and his "out front fist". Oh! well enough complaining I could have just forgotten it, but I was so pleased with the end result I had to add it. 

image - Thumbs up KennyK, sadly no longer available.
the labels are from various scrapbook kits. 
the pills are a free image on the web.

These are the colours I did and it should be.


11 June 2021

55th Anniversary

 Hi Everyone, my card is for my hubby, we are celebrating 55 years of marriage today. The sentiment "it was Mint to be" I thought apt, as we were introduced on a blind date we didn't know was happening! arranged by our mutual friends, who were courting (dating) at the time. He asked me on a second date, I had just finished with someone and wasn't ready to start dating again, my friend said just one date to make a foursome so I can go out (with her boyfriend). I said OK.

We've been together ever since, that was 1963. We married in 1966, my Dad said as we were leaving the house, you don't have to get married if you have second thoughts! (I didn't) Bless him. I'm so glad I went through with it, as Hubby has been my rock through all our ups and downs, actually more downs that ups, but I couldn't have done it without him. AH!

OK all that romanticism is over now, just the card for you to see.

I wanted to use stamps I had and had been wanting to use for a while, I saw a card I was going to case, then it went from there, although I used a different stamp! It was only whilst stamping the background, I realised a 55 year anniversary is actually an emerald, how lucky is that! Silly me.

Anyhow, I stamped a background and die cut it to sit on a green mirror card, which also had been die cut. I then punched the heart out, stamped onto it, embossed and added separate punched hearts from card, coloured with the darker green. I stamped lots of mint leaves, fussy cut them (I don't like fussy cutting!) and layered them behind the heart. Another sentiment added and embossed then cut out with a die. It may be different, but as a man who loves his garden, I hope he will appreciate it, especially as we only send each other cards for our anniversaries when their special! 

heart and die cut sentiment card - gold Crafters Companion Centura Pearl
stamps - Magazine Freebies
inks - Distress inks - Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn
green mirror card - Hunkydory
heart punches - sm ?, large Woodware
square dies - My Favourite Things, Sue Wilson Square Noble dies
number dies - Magazine freebie

this shows the gold pearl card, which doesn't show face on

this is the insert before printing.
 I'm not good at putting words together, so I copied a verse I found online, just changing a few words here and there.

as I haven't used these stamps before I am entering the